KELOWNA, B.C. – Following a win over the fourth seated UBC Thunderbirds Friday night, the first place UBC Okanagan Heat women’s volleyball team have earned a spot at the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) National Championships in Brandon. “They just dug down and regardless of how things were going, they just got it done,” said Coach Steven Manuel, following the win. UBCO lost the first set but won the following three against UBC. The win sends UBCO to Brandon, Manitoba for the March 11 event. “We thought we’d be going to Nationals by our fifth year,” said Manuel. “For us to accomplish that here tonight in our gym, against UBC, absolutely without doubt the best program of the past 10 years in CIS, for us to beat them in the semi-final, to earn our way, nothing given to us, we earned our way to nationals. I think it’s great vindication for our program.”UBCO faces off against Trinity Western for the Canada West final at UBC Okanagan’s gym Saturday at 7 p.m.